Film Junk’s Best of 2007 Year End Video Podcast

So here it is, the big whammy… the grand finale… le finissimo. We’re wrapping up 2007 in style with another video podcast, counting down our top 10 movies of the year. We hope that you feel it was worth the wait… we certainly do. Mr. Cheel logged many long hours editing this bad boy together, and I think it really paid off. Keep an eye out for some surprise guest appearances throughout the proceedings.

After the jump, you can examine our individual Top 10 lists for the year, and then let the discussion begin! What were your top 10 movies of 2007?

Download an iPod-compatible version (M4V, 271 MB)

Sean’s Top 10 Movies of 2007

1. No Country for Old Men
2. A Mighty Heart
3. The Bourne Ultimatum
4. The Lookout
5. Lars and the Real Girl
6. Juno
7. Knocked Up
8. The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters
9. American Gangster
10. The Darjeeling Limited

Honourable Mentions: Helvetica, Eastern Promises, Sicko, In The Shadow of the Moon, Everything’s Gone Green, Grindhouse

Didn’t Get To See: Into The Wild, Gone Baby Gone, Sweeney Todd, Before The Devil Knows You’re Dead, There Will Be Blood

Jay’s Top 10 Movies of 2007

1. No Country For Old Men
2. Zodiac
3. Rescue Dawn
4. Billy the Kid
5. Death Proof
6. Crazy Love
7. Zoo
8. Michael Clayton
9. The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters
10. Eastern Promises

Honourable Mentions: The Bourne Ultimatum, Ratatouille, A Mighty Heart, The Mist, 28 Weeks Later, In the Shadow of the Moon, Knocked Up, Ocean’s 13, Darjeeling Limited

Movies I Enjoyed That No One Else Did: The Condemned, Fantastic Four 2: Rise of the Silver Surfer, Hostel: Part 2

Didn’t Get To See: Lake of Fire, Juno, There Will Be Blood, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, Kurt Cobain: About a Son

Greg’s Top 10 Movies of 2007

1. No Country For Old Men
2. Juno
3. Ratatouille
4. The Bourne Ultimatum
5. Eastern Promises
6. Knocked Up
7. 3:10 To Yuma
8. Amazing Journey: The Story of the Who
9. Lars & The Real Girl
10. Michael Clayton

Sean’s Worst 10 Movies of 2007

1. Farce of the Penguins
2. Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End
3. Rush Hour 3
4. Balls of Fury
5. Evan Almighty
6. Mr. Brooks
7. Hot Rod
8. The Golden Compass
9. Resident Evil: Extinction
10. Ghost Rider

Jay’s Worst 5 Movies of 2007

1. Mr. Brooks
2. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
3. War
4. Ghost Rider
5. Evan Almighty

Biggest Disapointment: Live Free or Die Hard

Jay’s Books Read in 2007

Mortified – David Nadelberg
The Dirt – Motley Crue
The Shining – Stephen King
The Wishbones – Tom Perotta
Kick Me – Paul Feig
Superstud – Paul Feig
Me Talk Pretty One Day – David Sedaris
Elephants on Acid and Other Bizarre Experiments – Alex Boese
Invasion of the Body Snatchers – Jack Finney

Jay’s Top 10 Albums of 2007

1. Miracle Fortress – Five Roses
This amazing album was dissed by so many year end lists that I actually had to double check that it came out in 2007. It did, so here it is at my number one. Everyone else can eat it raw.

2. Panda Bear – Person Pitch
The Beach Boys are the new Talking Heads this year with reverb drenched harmonies reigning supreme. This is exactly why I loved Person Pitch.

3. Deerhoof – Friend Opportunity
I only wish I could write pop songs like Deerhoof does.

4. Les Savy Fav – Let’s Stay Friends
One of my favourite bands and a solid album.

5. The Arcade Fire – Neon Bible
The Arcade Fire seems to have experience a touch of underground backlash as most folks write this one off as ‘no Funeral’. I still think it’s a great album.

6. !!! – Myth Takes
I had the chance to catch !!! on tour for this album and it was hands down one of the top 3 best live performances i’ve ever seen. Solid album as well.

7. Animal Collective – Strawberry Jam
My only complain is the lack of effects on the vocals.

8. Enon – Grass Geysers…Carbon Clouds
A somewhat straight forward effort, but still in my top ten. However, nothing can top this years reissue of their first album, Believo!

9. Kevin Drew – Spirit If…
The next best thing to a new Broken Social Scene album. Always a good listen for some nostalgic 90’s style indie rock.

10. Feist – The Reminder
Her pop songs are what hook me in. The jazzy stuff I could do without. Luckily this album features more than a few tracks that met my needs.

Sean’s Top 10 Albums of 2007

1. Les Savy Fav – Let’s Stay Friends
2. Coconut Records – s/t
3. Battles – Mirrored
4. The Octopus Project – Avalanche
5. Radiohead – In Rainbows
6. !!! – Myth Takes
7. The Go! Team – Proof of Youth
8. El Ten Eleven – Every Direction is North
9. Chromeo – Fancy Footwork
10. Vampire Weekend EP / Flight of the Conchords – The Distant Future EP

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  • Awesome video, guys. As per usual, the quirky, deadpan humor was present in full force. Loved the intro, loved the music (mad props for the music from The Thing), loved the whole darn video. My list would probably look a little different from the one you guys compiled, but it was a good ride regardless.

    Oh, and I just wanted to congratulate you on the beard, Jay. However, Greg’s is still one hell of a beard to be feared. Come on Sean, when are you going to join the party and bring on the facial hair?

  • Goon

    reposted from RowThree comments with updated edits

    1. Once
    2. Ratatouille
    3. No Country For Old Men
    4. The Darjeeling Limited
    5. Rescue Dawn
    6. Lars and the Real Girl
    7. Grindhouse
    8. The Bourne Ultimatum
    9. Knocked Up
    10. Sweeney Todd

    Hon. Mentions: Enchanted, Zodiac, 28 Weeks Later, Atonement, Hot Fuzz, Sicko, Helvetica (which was my no. 10 until a couple days ago)

    Favorite male performances: Christian Bale (Rescue Dawn), Ryan Gosling (Lars and the Real Girl)
    Favorite supporting male performances: Javier Bardem (No Country For Old Men), Ben Foster (3:10 to Yuma), Steve Zahn (Rescue Dawn), Tom Wilkinson (Michael Clayton), Kurt Russell (Grindhouse), Philip Seymour Hoffman (Charlie Wilson’s War)
    Favorite female performance: Amy Adams (Enchanted)
    Favorite supporting female performances: Amy Ryan (Gone Baby Gone), Tilda Swinton (Michael Clayton)
    Favorite soundtracks: Once, Ratatouille, The Darjeeling Limited, Grindhouse: Death Proof, Walk Hard
    Favorite songs from a soundtrack: “Falling Slowly” (Once), “That’s How You Know” (Enchanted), “Guaranteed” (Into the Wild)
    Favorite ‘06 movies I didn’t see till ‘07: Little Children, The Lives of Others
    Favorite 10 individual scenes of 07: The Beach (Atonement), In the Basement (Zodiac), Final Review (Ratatouille), Chase (Grindhouse: Death Proof), Song during Lightning Storm (Black Snake Moan), the Controversial Dance/Jazz Sequence (Spiderman 3), Central Park Dance Number (Enchanted), Tangier Chase (The Bourne Ultimatum), Final Action Sequence (Hot Fuzz), Hotel Room Face Off (No Country for Old Men)
    Worst of 07: Transformers (keep in mind I dont see a lot of the really bad movies. i have a good record for avoiding pure crap)
    Biggest “Let down, but still good”: Gone Baby Gone, Sunshine
    Most overrated of 07: Juno
    Most underrated of 07: The Darjeeling Limited
    Biggest surprise: Enchanted
    Best DVD Bonus features: Knocked Up 2 Disc
    Favorite TV movies: Battlestar Galactica “Razor”, Futurama “Bender’s Big Score”
    A lot of fun but I almost entirely forgot: Harry Potter 5, Die Hard 4, Oceans 13
    Most pissed off I wont see till 08: There Will Be Blood, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters, My Kid Could Paint That, Persepolis, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, Zoo

  • Wow, that’s quite the list Goonie. I guess I should look into this “Once” movie that everyone’s talking about. I don’t even know what it is.

    Rian: I really can’t grow any respectable facial hair but hopefully by the time all the hair has left my head I will be able to make up for it with a bad ass beard. Greg has also suggested a Fu Manchu.

  • Drew

    you guys are amazing, here’s my top movie of 07 is Ratatouille.

  • Goon

    Sean, Once stars the lead singer of the Frames as a busker in Dublin. A Czech immigrant finds him, encourages him and they record together.

    Thats it. YOu could almost call it a soundtrack with a movie attached, but i find a lot of film quality in it as well. Your impression of the music makes a huge difference in your opinion of the movie, but really its one of those rare completely uplifting movies. I bought the soundtrack the next day, and its great, but I like the music better in the context of watching the film. Its arty, but feels natural. it has some sense of humor as well.

    as for albums of the year, Im struggling with that list and havent arrived on anything. I certainly dont have any clear favorite as I do most years. But it would probably come down to LCD Soundsystem, Arcade Fire, Battles, um… yes, the Once soundtrack, Of Montreal, Jens Lekman, Jose Gonzalez, Radiohead. I rediscovered some good metal for the first time in years with Dimmu Borgir, Nightwish and Amorphis’s new ones. I can’t count myself as one of the Animal Collective/Panda Bear fans though – I like Brian Wilson/Beach Boys well enough but I couldnt even get into “Bros” which tends to be the most acclaimed song on either album. Its certainly not BAD at all, I just dont think its that engrossing either.

  • TheSnowLeopard

    How do I download this video?

  • TheSnowLeopard

    By the way, every time I post a comment I get a “Page cannot be found error” in my browser. I have to go back to the home page via My Favourites.

  • Aidannosaurus Rexx

    Hello Film Junk Crew!

    I am a long time listener, yet first time poster! Here’s my Top 10 Films/Documentaries for the past year that were released in my home country of Australia (yes, the land of the one and only Darcy):

    01. Into The Wild
    02. Hot Fuzz
    03. A Crude Awakening
    04. No Country For Old Men
    05. This Is England
    06. Joe Strummer: The Future Is Unwritten
    07. The Lives Of Others
    08. Pan’s Labyrinth
    09. Eastern Promises
    10. The Namesake

    HONOURABLE MENTIONS: Rescue Dawn, Death At A Funeral, Red Road, Bomb Harvest, The Bourne Ultimatum, Outsourced, Blood Diamond, The Host, Zodiac

    Looking forward to hearing more reviews, insights and humourous banter in 2008. Happy New Year, y’all!

    Aidannosaurus Rexx.

  • TheSnowLeopard: We’re uploading an iPod-compatible video right now, the link will be up shortly. We were going to put up a full blown high-quality Quicktime link but the file size was over 2 GB or something crazy like that.

    I’ve been seeing the occasional error after posting things on the site myself… we’ll be looking into that, I don’t know off-hand what it would be.

  • I would love to put up a downloadable high quality version of this, but as Sean mentioned, it’s just over 1 gig. I suppose we could put a link to download the version I submitted to Vimeo, which was just over 400MB. I’m just not sure if anyone really wants to wait for that big of a download.

    Let us know.

  • Alright, looks like that iPod version isn’t going to be up until tomorrow. It’s taking forever to upload from Jay’s computer for some reason. Sorry about that.

  • After some careful consideration, I’ve come up with my best and worst of the year lists for my film review blog. I’m going to wait to upload the actual post there until after I’ve seen Sweeney Todd tomorrow, but as long as that film doesn’t worm it’s way into my top ten, here’s how mine will look:

    Best Films of 2007:
    1.) Grind House (I paid one admission to see it, so it’s one movie to me)
    2.) No Country For Old Men
    3.) The Mist
    4.) Superbad
    5.) Spiderman 3
    6.) Ratatouille
    7.) The Host
    8.) Zodiac
    9.) 3:10 To Yuma
    10.) Futurama: Bender’s Big Score (not a theatrical release, but damn good)

    Runners-Up (in no particular order):
    Disturbia
    Hot Fuzz
    I Am Legend
    The Lookout
    Rescue Dawn

    Worst Films of 2007:
    1.) Shoot ‘Em Up
    2.) Ghost Rider
    3.) Pathfinder
    4.) The Reaping
    5.) The Hills Have Eyes II
    6.) Vacancy
    7.) Blades of Glory
    8.) Next
    9.) The Number 23
    10.) Mr. Brooks

    Runners-Up (in no particular order)
    Shooter
    The Simpsons Movie
    Smoking Aces
    TMNT
    Transformers

    I’ll be uploading my official blog post with short blurbs about all of my choices tomorrow night on my personal movie review blog, which can be found at this address:

    http://whativebeenwatching.blogspot.com/

    Also, Sean, I’ve been having the same problem as TheSnowLeopard when I post.

  • TheSnowLeopard

    400Mb is too big for me. 200Mb would be the max. for one download. I’d settle even for a crappy quality video so long as I can watch it. I tried streaming but the audio and video are out of synch. I’ll see if I have enough download quota in the coming weeks.

  • This stuff is just so charming. Loved the introduction, I mean that Enterprise figure on the car was absolutely outstanding. Fantastic tribue. And Tom looks like he has lost a ton of weight? Good on you for that, I definitely can’t wait to experience the new Fishing with Tom. And I am with Rian on the music. When that The Thing theme started playing I was totally excited. I assume you were inspired by Sean’s description of quiet intensity? I couldn’t think of a better piece of music myself.

    I was blown away with the fashion in this video. Gregs impeccable taste in clothes coupled with Jays distinct and unique flash, juxtaposed with Seans completely neutral attire makes for visuals that will never leave me. I have to say though, that my mind has been completely blown with the idea of Sean with a Fu Manchu to go with the already amazing facial hair.

    As for the list, it’s pretty expected. It’s a shame that there is only room for North American films on it, but I guess that also has something to do with where you live. Awesome year end video podcast.

  • Wow. Nice job Film Junk Crew! Looks sharp and tight. Yes, Henrik, the military will do that to you. lol However, I have to stop looking so miserable. *~*

    As for a movie list….well out the ones I did get to see while I was away for training, “Superbad” and “Shoot’Em Up” (the closest I’ll get to a Max Payne movie) were the only memorable ones. Oh, and on an educational perspective “Shake Hands With The Devil”.

  • Primal

    Sweet Video Podcast. The Intro was awesome. All the music used in the video were cool. Maybe we can get a tracklisting of it? On your worst of lists, I was actually expecting to see Transformers because I don’t think you guys ever tore a movie a part as well as that movie. This has been a great year for movies. It was easy to come up with 20 movies I really liked this year, but ranking them is always difficult and will probably keep changing, but as of now, it stands at…

    1. No Country For Old Men(Joel&Ethan Coen)
    2. Grindhouse-Death Proof(Tarantino)
    3. Pan’s Labyrinth(Del Toro)
    4. Bourne Ultimatum(Greengrass)
    5. Rescue Dawn(Herzog)
    6. Eastern Promises(Cronenberg)
    7. Ratatouille(Bird)
    8. Once(Carney)
    9. Sunshine(Boyle)
    10. Inland Empire(Lynch)

    #11-20
    Black Book
    Sweeney Todd
    Zodiac
    King of Kong: Fistful of Quarters
    Enchanted
    Knocked Up
    Michael Clayton
    Bug
    Black Snake Moan
    Juno

  • Drew

    it said you could find the new fishing with tom on film junk now but i can’t find it anywhere.

  • Hey Drew,

    The Fishing With Tom video podcast will be up shortly. The year end video podcast was way more work than I had expected. Hopefully this weekend FWT will be finished.

    Thanks for the comments guys!

  • Andreas

    Great video! Had a great time listening/watching. Haven´t seen all films in the list and I´m hyped to see “No country…”

    Keep up the good work – It´s appreciated.

  • Hey Primal, nice to see Bug and Black Snake make the top 20 cut. Two tragically unseen and under-rated movies.

    As for the video podcast. Fantastic job as always guys. Love the wide shot there at the end ;) If I had to put money down right now on who will win the Oscar for best picture, I’d say “No Country,” so I think you nailed it.

    Jay, your worst movie of the year is Brooks? I can see someone not liking it but worst of the year? Isn’t that a little harsh?

  • Ok, here’s the soundtrack listing for the video podcast. There’s quite a bit here:

    ‘Hold Tight’
    performed by Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mitch and Tich
    1966, Fontana Records

    ‘La Moda’
    composed by Ennio Morricone
    from the original soundtrack ‘La Donna Invisible’, 1969
    Dagored Records

    ‘Nomi’
    performed by Pluxus
    from the album ‘European Onion’
    2002, Rocket Girl records

    ‘Hurdy Gurdy Man’
    performed by Donovan
    from the album ‘Hurdy Gurdy Man’
    1968, Epic records

    ‘Humanity (Part 2)’
    composed by Ennio Morricone
    from the original soundtrack ‘John Carpenter’s The Thing’
    1982, Varese Sarabande

    ‘The Last Race’
    performed by Jack Nitzsche
    from the original soundtrack ‘Death Proof’
    2007, Maverick Records

    ‘Ce Matin La’
    performed by Air
    from the album ‘Moon Safari’
    1998, Astralwerks

    ‘Shimmy Shimmy Ya’
    performed by Ol’ Dirty Bastard
    from the album ‘Return to the 36 Chambers’
    1995, Elektra Records

    ‘Acoustico Gomez’
    performed by The Fucking Am
    from the album ‘Gold’
    2004, Drag City Records

    ‘Taxi Driver – Main Title’
    composed by Berrnard Hermann
    from the original soundtrack ‘Taxi Driver’
    1976, Arista Records

    ‘Thank God’
    composed by Berrnard Hermann
    from the original soundtrack ‘Taxi Driver’
    1976, Arista Records

    ‘In the House – In a Heartbeat’
    composed by John Murphy
    from the original soundtrack ’28 Days Later’
    2003, Beggars XL Records

    ‘Beach Baby’
    performed by Miracle Fortress
    from the album ‘Five Roses’
    2007, Secret City Records

    ‘Moose Lake’
    composed by Carter Burwell
    from the original soudntrack ‘Fargo’
    1996, TVT Records

    ‘Embarcation’
    composed by Carter Burwell
    from the original soundtrack ‘Being John Malkovich’
    1999, Astralwerks

    All used without permission of course.

  • Andrew,

    That list isn’t really in order, so I wouldn’t say it’s my number one worst movie of the year. However, I will say that I did hate it.

    Also, I missed a lot of the horrible films of this year such as Bratz, Norbit and so on. I’ll assume it isn’t as bad as Bratz. But I really didn’t like it.

  • Primal

    Hell yeah, thanks for listing the soundtrack Jay. Your the man.

    Andrew, yeah I had to show my love for many of the good movies I saw this year so I couldn’t stop at 10.

  • Great video.
    Just the right amount of hilarious/annoying of Reed.
    I had forgotten about Fishing with John but the trailer was a good reminder.
    Nice inclusion of the Taxi Driver soundtrack.I love the music for that film.
    The move video stuff you guys do the better.
    All good picks for the list.We disagree on the Golden Compass but I read and enjoyed the books so I think I was just more into it going into the movie.
    I really have to check out Clayton and No Country.
    Anyways keep up the good work and happy new year.

  • Great video.
    Just the right amount of hilarious/annoying of Reed.
    I had forgotten about Fishing with John but the trailer was a good reminder.
    Nice inclusion of the Taxi Driver soundtrack.I love the music for that film.
    The move video stuff you guys do the better.
    All good picks for the list.We disagree on the Golden Compass but I read and enjoyed the books so I think I was just more into it going into the movie.
    I really have to check out Clayton and No Country.
    Anyways keep up the good work and happy new year.

  • joe

    Cool to see you guys in video. Well done. Reed makes a good stuntman/death proof driver. He’s got some good ‘bad guy’ expressions, I think. I’d agree on your list, though I haven’t seen a couple like Lars and the Real Girl and Clayton. Glad to see everyone choose No Country for Old Men as #1. It’s my #1, too.

  • Drew

    Will the new FTW still go through the old RSS feed?

  • Drew

    I meant to say Fishing with Tom, but i put FTW for some reason

  • Sean handles all of that fancy stuff, so i’m not entirely sure. I imagine it will.

    Hopefully it will be up by the end of the weekend.

  • Goon

    Jay, saw “Zoo” last night – bought a copy but I dont know if I’ll keep it, so if you need a copy email me or check the Beat Goes On website in a couple days :P – it was okay.

    I was extremely impressed with the atmosphere and the cinematography, and yes what you said a while back about Errol Morris’ First Person being an influence is dead on. Bit of Lynch in there to me as well. Overall though I still wanted a little bit more, and pointless scenes like “Cop #1″ and the constant “gravitas narration pause pause ” pace kinda grated on me. Definitely wanted some more information from ANYONE – like how the video leaked for example.

    also:
    was your list made before or after Juno? what did you think of it?

  • Are you referring to the guy on the chair explaining how he as an actor is involved with the film? I absolutely loved that part of the film. To call it pointless… The whole movie is pointless! It doesn’t offer any resolution or explanations, it’s just a story about these people. There is no point really, and the metapart of the film right there for me definitely elevated the film. It’s a tough scene to grasp and completely follow, and seeing as you give Inconvenient Truth a perfect rating, I can see why it would lose you. No offense, just sayin’.

  • I get what it was TRYING to do, I just think ultimately in the context of the rest of the film, it was pointless.

    It felt like for a couple minutes it wanted to be like Welles’ “F for Fake”, and then go back to being Errol Morris. Didn’t mesh for me whatsoever. Meta for meta’s sake… or more likely, genuine filler in a film that barely reaches feature length already.

  • Goonta,

    I already have Zoo, but thanks for thinking of me. One thing i loved about the movie was the music. Also, the repeated shot of the folks watching tv at night in front of that giant mountain outside of the window. For some reason, it all reminded me of E.T. meets Close Encounters in an odd way.

  • Oh, and my list was made before Juno. It would have to be pretty damn good to knock anything off of my current list.

  • “It’s a tough scene to grasp and completely follow, and seeing as you give Inconvenient Truth a perfect rating, I can see why it would lose you.”

    You want to explain to me how the rating of that movie has anything to do with this one? Two completely different documentaries in both intent and style – apples and oranges.

  • Filler? Well… I for one found the story old by Cop #1 just as interesting as anything else going on in the film. But yes it is pointless, if you don’t find anything interesting or thought-provoking in what the man is saying. I guess. I would never think of it as pointless myself.

    Saying that something is pointless is tricky though. In essence, what is the point of any documentary? Is the point of Zoo to enlighten the people involved with the animal sex farm? It could be. It could also be looked at as an experiment in form, playing around with both texture and structure – to the point of actually commenting on it itself – to try and give the viewer a more subjective experience of this particular subject. It certainly is not as straightforward as something like Helvetica or King of Kong, which are other very good documentaries from this year, but in the end vastly different films. I really liked Zoo, and I think it – at the very least – proves that documentaries can be played around with and experimented with as much as a fictional film can be.

  • I was half-joking with that. But I do think that they are extremely different and that AIC is pretty much as straightforward as anything can get – because the message needs to be conveyed to as many people as possible. That film goes for the lowest common denominator to the nth degree, and if you think that is the perfect documentary, I can understand why Zoo would seem a little like waste of time.

  • “I for one found the story old by Cop #1 just as interesting as anything else going on in the film.”

    I might not have singled it out if it had been interesting (even if i still thought it pointless), I just thought it was several minutes of well, nothing – and I wouldnt say that about the rest of the film, regardless of the sombre way its told. I still liked Zoo overall, but the most I can say for Cop #1 is that his scene looks nice and you get a “hey! its Cop #1!” moment later on.

    “In essence, what is the point of any documentary? Is the point of Zoo to enlighten the people involved with the animal sex farm? It could be. It could also be looked at as an experiment in form, playing around with both texture and structure – to the point of actually commenting on it itself – to try and give the viewer a more subjective experience of this particular subject.”

    I can see what you mean when you say this. I’m fine with Zoo’s limited scope. I’m not asking for it to be this talking heads psychological thing about beastiality with a grand scope. I’m not going to complain about what it isn’t, my only complaints come from what it is – the fact is whether half assed or not there IS a story in this film and Zoo’s presentation of it is both its greatest strength and biggest weakness… am I making any sense?

    “…and if you think that is the perfect documentary”

    It’s not my idea of THE perfect documentary. I gave it top marks under a different set of criteria. I dont think AIC would even be in my top 25 docs of all time. Do I prefer more straight forward, informative documentaries? Maybe, I’m not entirely sure. I mean, you’ve got something like Hoop Dreams and the Paradise Lost movies – and then you have Air Guitar Nation, which is nice and entertaining, but… feels like TV.

    Hmmm…. this can get pretty broad.
    I mean, Helvetica is about graphic design but it has overtones of generation gaps, rebellion – the way its told has more relevance than just a font.
    put that against… well, Wordplay or Spellbound, which feel like actual films and dont have much ambition other than these direct personal stories/competitions.

    I dont think I have set criteria for film, especially documentaries. Whether something needs to be talking heads start to finish, recreations or seem to have a moving plot really depends. In Zoo’s case I’m completely willing to take the bizarre stylistically centered journey – thats why I bought it in the first place, I knew I was walking into something “arty”, I just found myself a little frustrated from time to time

    its a conflict – do you lose yourself in the textural elements or get more wound up in the story? Once I got settled enough into Zoo’s style, I found myself ready to get more of the story within its framework, and I guess I just wanted more. If Zoo had been two hours of the same pace, I may have been fulfilled story wise, but with its short running time, every bit of ‘padding’ just stood out more…

    I could go on but it feels like rambling now.

  • “its a conflict – do you lose yourself in the textural elements or get more wound up in the story?”

    Personally, I’m just looking for anything interesting when I watch a film. Especially a film like this. And I thought that Zoo deliberately played down the actual events that sorround and inspired the film, in order to be something completely different. So while you thought Cop #1 was taking away from the main story and felt like padding to make the movie longer, I took the scene as part of what the film was in and of itself. I guess it might come down to what you think the movie is actually about.

    I certainly do not feel that Zoo was trying to tell a story and failed. The movie IS the representation, not the content. Wether or not you like that, is going to be subjective.

  • TheSnowLeopard

    Finally watched the videocast. Great opening. Top 10 OK, except for Knocked up which is over-rated hateful sexist shit. You all seemed a bit self-conscious during the movie talk. The Thunderbirds were less wooden. Greg looks like he should have been in The Big Lebowski. Jay looks scarily intense. Music selection, as always, was choice.

  • Goon

    well Henrik, I can respect that. When it comes to viewing these as an experience, subjectively – Zoo has that more than most documentaries.

    Even if I dont like it as much as you or Jay did, I can say I definitely, DEFINITELY, respect it more than some that I found more fun.

  • Connor G.

    good job guys that was enertaining and has got me wanting to see a few more movies that I didt have a chance to catch this year. Jay you continue to impress me with the videos I manage to catch on here. I would be more interested in seeing you take a crack at an actual self contained movie, even if it isnt a full lengthed film. Any chance that may happen in the future?

  • Connor G.,

    Thanks for the comments! Funnily enough, the idea of a self contained project has been on my mind for a while now. I’m hoping to get something going this year. Stay tuned!

  • 1. Assassination of Jesse James
    2. Gone Baby Gone
    3. Factory Girl
    4. No Country
    5. Redacted
    6. Death Proof
    7. Superbad / Walkhard
    8. Pirates 3
    9. The Lookout
    10. Atonement

    zoo, blackbook, margot at wedding, i’m not there, before the devil knows you’re dead, rescue dawn, tv set, girl next door, once, american gangster

  • stunt man Christopher Pike, genius! I just watched it, I know it’s old news to everyone else.

  • Adam

    why is The Man From Earth not on any list?

  • Adam

    top 5 of 07 for me would be:

    The Man From Earth
    I am Legend
    Gone Baby Gone
    The Mist
    Zodiac

  • Matt

    Your list really missed out by not mentioning or seeing There Will Be Blood. Definatelly my favorite movie of last year.

  • For some reason i laugh uncontrolebly when I see Sean horrified in the face of reeds death proof car